CHICAGO (October 17, 2016) – On Sept. 30, Michael Best held a firmwide volunteer day, Best Efforts Day, led by its Diversity & Inclusion Committee Chair, Jorge M. Leon. Best Efforts Day provides a fun and meaningful way for Michael Best employees, as a team, to give back to the surrounding communities.
“We are pleased to announce our inaugural Best Efforts Day initiative,” said David Krutz, Managing Partner of Michael Best. “Giving back to our communities is part of our culture at Michael Best. We hope that through actions like Best Efforts Day, we can help generate positive results not only for our clients, but also for the communities in which we live and work.”
Diversity & Inclusion Committee members from each office selected a local charity to support and all Michael Best employees were invited to volunteer for their local charity on the same workday. According to Leon, Best Efforts Day is another way of acknowledging and accepting the social responsibility we have to give back as corporate citizens.
“In Chicago, we chose to partner with Gads Hill Center because of the multifaceted relationship we share and because of the great work they do,” said Leon. “Spending the afternoon with Gads Hill Center was special for us for two reasons - we were able to show the children that we care about them, and we were able to plant seeds for continued learning in a fun context.”
The Best Efforts Day initiatives consisted of:
Chicago Office: Gads Hill Center
- Gads Hill Center’s mission is to provide programs and services to families in underserved neighborhoods in order to help them meet their educational, job, and health-related goals.
- Ten Michael Best volunteers helped Gads Hill Center’s Junior Building Leaders program design, build, and launch water-propelled rockets. The Michael Best team worked with 50-60 children over the course of the day.
Madison Office: Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin
- Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin’s mission is to end hunger in southwestern Wisconsin through community partnerships.
- 17 Michael Best volunteers gathered and packaged 2,500 pounds of cheese that were then distributed to families in the area.
Milwaukee/Waukesha Offices: United Community Center (UCC)
- United Community Center’s mission is to provide programs to Hispanics and near-south side residents of all ages in the areas of education, cultural arts, recreation, community development, and health and human services.
- 20 Michael Best volunteers participated in UCC’s Multicultural Dance Competition with UCC Seniors (judges, dance partners, and photographers). The Michael Best team spent time with 40-50 seniors over the course of the afternoon.
Salt Lake City Office: Kostopulos Dream Foundation/Camp Kostopulos
- Kostopulos Dream Foundation/Camp Kostopulos’ mission is to improve the quality of life for people of all abilities through education, recreation, and growth opportunities.
- 12 Michael Best volunteers worked to remove approximately 1,300 paver stones in preparation of Camp Kostopulos building a large pavilion. The stones weighed approximately 20 pounds each, the team removed roughly 13 tons of paver stones for the camp.
Washington, D.C. Office: Comfort Cases
- Comfort Cases’ mission is to make sure any child who enters foster care will receive a Comfort Case to help ease their journey.
- 28 Michael Best volunteers helped the charity fill comfort cases including:
- 40 bags that each contained (all new items): a blanket, pajamas, at least one stuffed animal, coloring book, crayons, age-appropriate picture or reading book, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo/conditioner, body wash, body lotion, socks, and underwear.
- One extra duffel bag filled with various overflow donations.